Marine safety issues and actions

Mini cape-size risk assessment

Issue number: MO-2017-010-SI-01
Who it affects: All owners, operators and crewmembers involved in pilotage
Issue owner: Maritime Safety Queensland
Transport function: Marine: Shipboard operations
Background: Investigation Report 336-MO-2017-010
Issue release date: 14 November 2019
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

The action taken by mandating the use of an escort tug from the wharf and throughout the South Channel to Beacon SC4, and additional tug availability, should adequately address the issue.

Safety issue description

In pre-trial simulations, the risks associated with engine failure during departure were only considered up to when a ship had entered the South Channel. Consequently, the tugs were not in attendance to assist if propulsion was lost.

Proactive Action

Action number: MO-2017-010-NSA-01
Action organisation: Maritime Safety Queensland
Date: 14 November 2019
Action status: Closed

Safety action taken:

The Regional Harbour Master advised the following proactive actions have been taken:

  • In addition to the trial conditions, an escort tug is now used for all departing bulk carriers.
  • Escort tugs for departing loaded vessels in excess of 200 m overall length are to be made fast centre lead aft tug are to be released at Beacon SC4.
  • First choice Escort tug to be 65 tonne bollard pull.
  • When two vessels are departing, the vessel in excess of 240 m will have the 65 tonne bollard pull tug, the other vessel will utilise one of the 44 tonne tugs. The escort tugs are to remain made fast until released at SC4.
  • Two continuously manned 85 tonne bollard pull azimuth stern drive tugs are now based at the Port of Amrun and are about 60 minutes steaming time from the Port of Weipa.
Last update 14 November 2019